The international community had grown accustomed to Kim Jong Un’s wild and baseless threats over the course of his dictatorship.
The diminutive despot had been a thorn in the side of global diplomacy from the start, inheriting that particular position on the world’s stage from his hereditarily powerful predecessors. The two main targets of their once-harmless rhetoric have been South Korea and the United States, both nations that North Korea tends to blame for their current, prolonged economic downturn.
New developments in the once humorous regime have seemingly sucked all of the air right out of the room, so to speak.
With the successful launch of two intercontinental missiles capable of reaching the United States, and the purported test of a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb, North Korea is suddenly far more of an actual threat than a hypothetical one. This has led to an unbelievable amount of taunting from Kim and his goons, with their latest threat crossing a line, both figuratively and literally should they carry through.
“North Korea’s foreign minister escalated tensions with the United States on Monday, saying that President Trump’s threatening comments about the country and its leadership were ‘a declaration of war’ and that North Korea had the right to shoot down American warplanes, even if they are not in North Korean air space.
“’The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,’ the foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, told reporters as he was leaving the United Nations after a week of General Assembly meetings in New York.
“’Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country,’ he said.
“Referring to Mr. Trump’s assertion that the North Korean leadership may not ‘be around much longer,’ Mr. Ri said that the question of ‘who would be around much longer will be answered’ by North Korea.”
The tiny Asian nation has made several threats regarding the wholesale destruction of the United States before, often accompanied by stunningly poor quality video propaganda, but a threat against U.S. warplanes in sovereign airspace is a new one.
The United States has been steadily working to ready themselves and their allies for an attack by the crazed Kim. Namely, military drills in concert with our allies in Japan and South Korea seem to be North Korea’s target in this latest verbal assault.
Certainly, should Kim and company attempt to incapacitate any aircraft outside of their airspace, there will be a reckoning the likes of which the madman of Pyongyang could never have imagined.